Client: Wave Energy Scotland


The wave resource potential in the UK alone is theoretically estimated to be up to 27 gigawatts, with immense opportunities for R&D, in addition to job creation and internationalisation. However, challenges associated proving device survivability, reliability and performance in an open water environment have to date undermined the successful development of the wave energy sector.

In order to address a number of these challenges, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) was commissioned by Wave Energy Scotland (WES) to create a set of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) development guidance documents which drew upon the lessons learnt from real sea deployments of marine renewables at the Orkney-based test site.The guidance documents were underpinned by over a decade of deployment experience built up around the EMEC test sites within the Orkney Supply Chain (OSC), with over 100 deployments and more than 500,000 hours of marine operations in Orkney waters. The supply chain input to development of these guidance documents was unprejudiced in drawing together both the positive and negative lessons learnt and cover a depth of expertise captured within each of the participating companies.

Engagement with the Orkney Supply Chain (OSC) was undertaken through a series of three full day workshops in Orkney. Xodus, together with EMEC and Aquatera formed the workshop facilitation team. The goal of the facilitation team was to identify, gather and analyse the real issues behind operational failures that had occurred, along with disseminating best practice demonstrated within these companies.. The workshop outputs were used to generate the technical content of the guidance documents.

The guidance documents produced provide an insight into what technology developers should be considering at early stages of development, notably in areas of offshore operations, HSE, logistics, installation support, and regulatory compliance. These will aid WEC developers in their technology development across a range of maturity levels and technology types so that informed design decisions can be made at earlier stages of the design process.

  • Xodus was part of the workshop facilitation team which identified, gathered and analysed the real issues behind any operational failures that had occurred, along with disseminating best practice demonstrated within the supply chain companies which contributed to the study.
  • Facilitation of 3 full day workshops with Orkney marine energy supply chain
  • Analysis of results between workshops and preparation for subsequent workshop throughout the project
  • Peer review of report and guidance documents
  • Generation of developer checklists for each stage of the WES development process
Value Added
  • Development of practical and focused guidance for wave energy technology developers
  • Workshop facilitation team comprising of personnel from EMEC, Aquatera and Xodus Group; industry leaders within their respective fields
  • Collaborative working with the Orkney marine renewables supply chain